Sunday, February 22, 2015

Heart Month: The Diabetes ABCs


Taking Care of Diabetes Means Taking Care of Your Heart

Many people don’t know that having diabetes increases the chances of having heart problems, such as a heart attack or stroke. The National Diabetes Education Program wants you to understand that taking care of your diabetes can also help you take care of your heart.

A is the A1C Test: The A1C test is a blood test the measures your average blood sugar level over the past three months. 

B is Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels. 

C is Cholesterol: There are two kinds of cholesterol in your blood: LDL and HDL. LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, can build up and clog your blood vessels. It can cause a heart attack or stroke. 

S is for Stopping Smoking: Stop smoking—ask for help or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. 

To learn more about the critical link between diabetes and heart disease, please visit YourDiabetesInfo.org/Heart.

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